San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

September 21st, 2011
August sales fuel sales tax revenue jump for San Marcos

FROM STAFF AND SUBMITTED REPORTS

San Marcos retail sales in August fueled another monthly increase in sales tax receipts over last year’s collections for the same period. Through the first 11 months of the fiscal year, sales tax revenues are up 7.81 percent.

August sales tax receipts increased by 7.37 percent over August 2010, generating $1,692,301.77 in revenue for the city. Collections in July decreased two percent over July 2010.

“This is important for the wide array of retail establishments that provide so many jobs for our workforce, as well revenues as for local and state government. We have seen increases in revenues for 18 out of the last 20 months in San Marcos,” Mayor Daniel Guerrero said.

Hays County will receive sales tax funds of $867,221.90, which is 5.5 percent more than it received in September 2010. Hays County’s payments this year total $8,140,039.56, which is 9.58 percent more than the same period last year.

Several neighboring cities showed decreases in their sales tax revenues in August, including Georgetown, Round Rock, Seguin, Austin and Kyle. New Braunfels sales tax revenues increased by 4.96 percent.

Sales tax collections account for about 45.7 percent of all general fund revenue for the city of San Marcos. If sales tax revenue starts flagging, the city has policies that require hiring freezes, budget cuts and other measures.

This September’s sales tax allocations mostly increased in the region compared to last September:

  • Martindale – $4,914.30 (164.9 percent increase from September 2010)
  • Uhland – $6,748.75 (44.94 percent increase)
  • Hays City – $1,492.02 (38.54 percent increase)
  • Mountain City – $413.64 (21.41 percent increase)
  • Blanco – $27,441.72 (13.57 percent increase)
  • Buda – $247,101.57 (9.47 percent increase)
  • San Marcos $1,692,301.77 (7.37 percent increase)
  • Lockhart – $147,864.25 (6.58 percent increase)
  • Wimberley – $40,713.30 (5.44 percent increase)
  • San Antonio – $16,375,471.73 (1.58 percent decrease)
  • Austin – $10,452,237.20 (1.68 percent decrease)
  • Woodcreek – $2,402.13 (2.12 percent decrease)
  • New Braunfels – $1,888,074.43 (4.96 percent decrease)
  • Bastrop – $299,685.00 (6.85 percent decrease)
  • Niederwald – $1,662.87 (8.01 percent decrease)
  • Luling – $86,557.55 (8.21 percent decrease)
  • Seguin – $356,883.26 (8.6 percent decrease)
  • Kyle – $202,591.79 (9.58 percent decrease)
  • Dripping Springs – $69,781.42 (13.07 percent decrease)

Year-to-date sales tax allocations have mostly increased in the region compared to this time last year:

  • Martindale – $31,910.08 (67.60 percent increase)
  • Hays City – $15,352 (37.49 percent increase)
  • Dripping Springs – $801,987.35 (25.94 percent increase)
  • Luling – $927,160.67 (25.11 percent increase)
  • Uhland – $45,912.58 (20.74 percent increase from 2010)
  • Lockhart – $1,364,559.49 (10.67 percent increase)

    • Blanco – $273,682.32 (9.62 percent increase)
  • New Braunfels – $14,833,663.09 (8.37 percent increase)
  • Kyle – $2,389,260.54 (7.16 percent increase)
  • San Marcos – $14,909,083.14 (6.56 percent increase)
  • Buda – $2,585,080.26 (6.54 percent increase)
  • San Antonio – $165,681,067.02 (5.29 percent increase)
  • Woodcreek – $26,272.78 (4.74 percent increase)
  • Bastrop – $3,061,303.38 (4.04 percent increase)
  • Wimberley – $438,206.64 (4.01 percent increase)
  • Austin – $107,394,872.97 (3.78 percent increase)
  • Niederwald – $14,796.94 (1.61 percent decrease)
  • Seguin – $3,898,774.35 (1.87 percent decrease)
  • Mountain City – $3,946.10 (3.46 percent decrease)

Correction: The article originally stated the September sales tax allocations were from July sales. They were from August sales.

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